2018 Conference Summary

The 2018 conference of the Work and Family Researchers Network was held on June 21-23, 2016 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. with a special pre-conference day on Translational Research on June 20. Over 400 work-family researchers and experts came from 31 countries to explore the theme, “OpenScience: Assumptions and Translation of Work and Family Research” in symposia sessions, discussion forums, poster sessions, workshops, and author-meets critic and book dialogue sessions. 

The conference met in plenary session to hear WFRN co-presidents Kathleen Christensen and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes present, “Work and Family: The Future is Now”.

A forthcoming special conference issue of the Community, Work & Family journal will capture the best papers of the 2018 conference.


Special Issue of Community Work and Family on Conference Theme.

WFRN 2018 Conference Program

2018 Post-Conference Survey Results

Pre-Conference Day


Sponsors Included:


University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts

Brigham Young University

Boston College School of Social Work

Society for Human Resource Management

University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center




National Women’s Law Center

Sabbatical Homes

University of Pennsylvania

Bright Horizons

Working Assumptions


Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for providing a generous seed grant to support the transition to and sustainability of the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN).


Special thanks to Bright Horizons Family Solutions for providing free child care for conference participants.


Special thanks to the Boston College School of Social Work for providing in-kind support for conference planning, particularly the exceptional work performed by Manuel Cano and Yoosun Chu in organizing the conference sessions.